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Nanomechanics Class Aug. 16-18, 2011

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  • Nanomechanics Class Aug. 16-18 - Class is Now Full

    The Nanomechanics Class will be held at Asylum Research August 16-18, 2011 and will cover a variety of instruments and techniques used for nanomechanical measurements. This class will be geared for beginner-intermediate AFM users that are looking to gain a greater understanding of nanomechanical characterization using AFM and nanoindenting. The class combines lectures and hands-on experiments designed to teach AFM theory and instrumentation, scanning modes to probe contact mechanics, including properties such as stiffness, adhesion, viscoelasticity, etc., and real-world concepts. Guest speakers will include Donna Hurley, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Dalia Yablon, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. The lectures and experiments will be tailored to the skill level of the participants and based on topic interests. Class size will be limited for individualized instruction. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    General Topics
    • Principles of AFM
    • General Nanomechanics
    • Force Measurements and Material Properties
    • Choosing Cantilevers for Specific Scan Methods
    • Instrumented Nanoindentation
    • Phase Imaging and Dissipation
    • Multifrequency Imaging Modes
    • Force Modulation
    • Contact Resonance Imaging

    Hands-on Experiments
    • Force Measurements
    • AFM Nanoindentation
    • AC (tapping) Phase Imaging
    • Multifrequency Imaging, including Dual AC™ Mode
    • Force Modulation and Contact Resonance
    • Other scan methods based on student input

    Students may bring their own samples to image at the end of class.
    Note the topics listed may be modified to accommodate the skill level of the class.


    The class is now full. If you would like to be put on a notification list for the next class, please email us.
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